Code Enforcement

 INSPECTIONS: The City of Port Arthur has adopted the 2012 International Fire Code through City Council approval of Ordinance #12-64. The Ordinance also includes some amendments to the fire code. All buildings within the jurisdiction are subject to inspection for fire and life safety hazards. Basic inspections are usually covered under the tax base, however, there may be fees associated with construction in new fire protection systems covering plan review and acceptance testing. There may also be fees which apply to inspections which involve greater than normal time or special circumstances to conduct the inspection, such as in large occupancies, special operations, or specific hazards. Fees may be assessed for testing of access control features associated with the property. Fees may be assessed for additional re-inspection visits because of failure to have deficiencies completed for previous reinspection visits, or due to failure of an acceptance test of a fire protection system.

PERMITS: There may be construction or operational type permits which may be required as part of the process to obtain authorization from the fire department for issuance of a new Certificate of Occupancy, or maintaining an existing Certificate of Occupancy. The cost for these permits is identified within the fee schedule.

STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR INSPECTIONS AND PERMITTING:

New Construction:
  1. Contact the fire prevention office to determine any special needs for plan reviews associated with construction of fire protection systems or other required fire service features.
  2. Fees will be determined and an invoice will be provided to the person responsible for the work being permitted. Fees associated with fire protection systems or other required fire service features must be paid prior to acceptance testing being scheduled.
  3. Contact the fire prevention office to schedule the final inspection at the end of the construction project. Final inspections will determine what fees in addition to fire protection system construction may apply. An invoice will be issued for these fees. Fees associated with inspection of the project and any required permits regarding occupancy, special operations or special equipment must be paid prior to the fire department authorizing Certificate of Occupancy.

Annual Inspections:
  1. Call the fire prevention office to schedule an inspection. {Associated inspection fees, permit requirements and fees, and any additional fees will be determined after the initial inspection occurs. An invoice for all fees will be provided and fees must be paid prior to issuing any required permits, and to maintain a clear Certificate of Occupancy.
  2. Complete repair of all deficiencies prior to the fire inspectors' return visit for the purpose of re-inspection confirming compliance with city codes.

PLAN REVIEWS FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION:

If you have plans which are being submitted for building construction plan review, contact:

Lawrence Baker, Director of Community Services

lawrence.baker1@portarthurtx.gov

409-983-8242



Ron Burton, Planning and Zoning Director

ronald.burton@portarthurtx.gov

409-983-8136




PLAN REVIEWS FOR FIRE PROTECTION:

If you have plans which are being submitted for fire protection system or other type construction plan review, contact:

Mark Mulliner, Fire Marshal

mmulliner@portarthur.com

409-983-8732



Fire alarm submittal requirements:
  1. Three (3) sets of prints showing floor plan of each floor indicating the use of all rooms.
  2. Locations of all alarm-initiating devices.
  3. Locations of fire alarm notification appliances, including candela ratings for visible alarm notification appliances.
  4. Location of fire alarm control unit, transponders, and notification power supplies.
  5. Annunciators.
  6. Power connection.
  7. Battery calculations.
  8. Conductor type and sizes.
  9. Voltage drop calculations.
  10. Manufacturers' data sheets indicating model numbers and listing information for equipment, devices and materials.
  11. Details of ceiling height and construction.
  12. The interface of fire safety control functions.
  13. Classification and identification information of the supervising station.
When the submitted plans have been reviewed, you will receive instructions on where to pick up your plans and permit for beginning construction.

NO FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM WORK MAY BEGIN WITHOUT THE INSTALLER HAVING A COPY OF THE PERMIT IN HIS POSESSION!!!

Fire automatic sprinkler system submittal requirements:
  1. Two (2) sets of plans showing floor plan of each floor indicating the use of all rooms.
  2. Plans shall include a site plan including location of city water tap, domestic water separation point, post indicator valve installation, point at which the fire water supply line enters the building. These plans should also show the location of the 5 inch Storz Fire Department Connection.
  3. Plans shall include a description of operation of the system.
  4. Cut sheets on equipment being used in the construction of the system.
  5. Plans shall include a set of hydraulic calculations for the system.
  6. Detail areas for special equipment or operation.
NO FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM WORK MAY BEGIN WITHOUT THE INSTALLER HAVING A COPY OF THE PERMIT IN HIS POSSESSION!!!

Fire kitchen hood extinguishing system submittal requirements:
  1. Two (2) sets of plans showing the layout of the cooking area covered by the hood system.
  2. Identify location of all nozzles, automatic fuel shut off, and remote pull.
  3. Make up air is required to shut down on activation of the system and should be indicated on the plans.
  4. Cut sheets on equipment being used in the construction of the system.
  5. A description of the operation of the system.
  6. Detail areas for special equipment or operation.
NO FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM WORK MAY BEGIN WITHOUT THE INSTALLER HAVING A COPY OF THE PERMIT IN HIS POSSESSION!!!

Alternate type extinguishing system submittal requirements:
  1. Two (2) sets of plans showing the layout of the extinguishing system.
  2. Cut sheets on equipment being used in the construction of the system.
  3. A description of the operation of the system.
  4. Detail areas for special equipment or operation.
NO FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM WORK MAY BEGIN WITHOUT THE INSTALLER HAVING A COPY OF THE PERMIT IN HIS POSSESSION!!!

Access Control Systems or Features submittal requirements:


Access Control Gates shall be sliding type; not swinging.
  1. Two (2) sets of plans showing the site plan of the facility being protected.
  2. Location of gates, locks or other type devices or appliances within the access control system.
  3. Special operations or features shall be described.
  4. Special equipment shall have cut sheets provided providing detail on materials, installation and operation.

PLAN REVIEWS FOR FUEL STORAGE TANKS AND/OR DISPENSING:

Installation of above and below ground fuel tanks and dispensing:
  1. Two (2) set of plans including a site plan showing the layout of the facility where the fuel storage and dispensing will occur.
  2. Cut sheets on the fuel storage tanks with information on the manufacturer and serial and model numbers if available.
  3. Information on capacity of each tank.
  4. Information on the content for each tank.
  5. Detail information on fuel containment plan.
  6. Electrical plan for the operation.
  7. Detail areas for special equipment or operation.
NO WORK MAY BEGIN WITHOUT THE INSTALLER HAVING A COPY OF THE PERMIT IN HIS POSSESSION!!! If you have plans which are being submitted for fuel storage tanks and/or dispensing plan review, contact:

Mark Mulliner, Fire Marshal

mmulliner@portarthur.com

409-983-8732